Parents of ADHD Children
Frustrated and not alone, right?
I am having SO many problems with my son and his school. He is 7 years old and in 1st grade. His teacher claims to have 2 young boys who are ADHD and she also claims that she taught Special Education classes before moving on to First Grade classes.
He’ll start off a school year great, then we will let slip to the teacher that he has ADHD and the notes start pouring in. When we don’t get a bad note, we think, hey, he had a good day. Then she told us at a parent teacher conference, some times she forgets or that there isn’t enough time to write in the things he had trouble with in his planner, but that there IS an issue every day.
We asked about any kind of accommodations that will help him stay on task and she cuts us off and says “Tried it with my kids, didn’t work.” or “We can try that, but I guarantee it will be a waste of time.” When she especially gets frustrated, the “Have you heard back from the doctor on medication?” notes start coming home! I am SO frustrated! I just don’t understand! Where is the compassion for our children?
Out of the entire school year, I think she sent home 2 notes that highlighted something positive he did in school that day. And now she is sending home the work he doesn’t finish in school, saying we have to complete it as homework and turn it in the next day because he “refused to do any school work.” I wonder, is that the case?
He is specifically having problems with writing exercises. IE, she gives you a topic and you have to write 5 sentences including an intro sentence, 3 detail sentences and a conclusion sentence. He can sit down doing his homework and be stuck on the first word for two hours. I was wondering if any of you have had any experience with Dysgraphia? I was reading online that it is very often related to ADHD.
Does anyone have any tools or accommodation that work at home or at school to help with the homework/classroom experience? Does anyone have any suggestions what we could do differently with the school or at home??? I am absolutely at my wits end! I do not want to have to medicate him just because his teacher has NO patience.
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